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Old 05-01-2010, 09:38 PM   #1
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Painting Over Splash Pattern


I've got a bathroom to paint so HO can sell. The current walls have a white base but a splash pattern where the HO just hurled paint off a brush to make a unconventional look. The problem is the splashes are raised by the amount of paint that dried. I'm thinking I'm going to have to skim the walls, sand and prime. Anybody have a better/faster way?
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:43 PM   #2
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Re: Painting Over Splash Pattern


that would be my suggestion. Not much else you can really do with that kind of situation.

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Re: Painting Over Splash Pattern


You can try a chemical remover, but it will probably strip off the paint behind it as well; I'd just sand it down by hand.
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Palm sander with #80 on it. Square up the sander to wall and sand away.
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Palm sander with #80 on it. Square up the sander to wall and sand away.
I thought about that but was worried that I'd rough up the paper on the drywall causing more work.
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I would pole sand, skim coat.... PC drywall sander if you have one would be faster. I do not have that so I use my older 6" PC 97336 ,RA ROS [before B&D screwed up PC ]w. dust hook up if you want to use power tools. Latex that is thick will heatup and gum up the sand paper, the vacuum effect helps. I do not see a palm sheet sander helping much, need a more aggressive method and the larger the orbit the better.
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If this is something that the homeowner is just trying to sell, then I would ask them if the wanted the painter to go through all this extra work in order to get the walls perfect. If you just hand sand the raised areas, that may be enough to make them happy...you may still see the bumps a little, but it may not look horrible. If you want perfection and need to skim coat then you are talking about extra labor and money that the homeowner may not feel necessary to spend for a house they just want to sell. I have found with projects like this that orbit sanding usually isn't enough....we always have to skim coat.
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I vote for skim coat too.

But you could also blow another (heavier) coat of texture to make it more uniform.

maybe not...might just be yet another headache.
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Saw a demo of using a rubber blade for the skim coat, might be easier if the surface is so irregular.
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Old 05-02-2010, 01:16 PM   #10
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I already have the drywall mixer and such in the work van for tomorrow. I've already have a set price/sqft. for the job to cover what will have to happen to make walls flat again. High end job, smooth walls a must. Thanks for the responses, I kinda already knew my fate though. I keep saying I'm not a painter but I can't get away from it. In MI you never say no to a job!

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Should have said the proper term,"knock down knife"[not a painter either], 22-24" long, rubber blade.
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Should have said the proper term,"knock down knife"[not a painter either], 22-24" long, rubber blade.
Thanks Andrew but I'm familiar with a knock down knife. I've done my share of skim coating with mud so I've got my blades and system down pat. I just was trying to get around the inevitable.
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I personally have not used a knock down knife for skim coating. Do you think it is better than using metal?

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